Beck brought his Song Reader to life at the LA Philharmonic Sunday evening— an experience he described on-stage as “surreal”, and one we can’t fully do justice to here. We’ve been reminiscing over the highlight reel ever since. A few memories:
Leading the LA Philharmonic was noted composer, arranger, and conductor David Campbell. Give him a quick search, and you’ll be blindsided by the number of songs you love that he’s worked on. Also? He’s Beck’s father. (They shared a few hugs.) Talent runs in the family.
The evening began with opener Jack Black, whose performance was an energetic mixture of song and speech. Black donned an oversized printed t-shirt and blazer—no pants though!—and later added a velvet cloak when (appropriately) performing Beck’s “We All Wear Cloaks.”
Before the show we met Jarvis Cocker backstage, whose quiet demeanor dissolved in time for his performance of “Why Did You Make Me Care?” The guy can dance.
Take note of the name Moses Sumney. We were blown away by his performance and can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
Jenny Lewis was joined by a very surprise guest—Anne Hathaway—in a rendition of “Last Night You Were a Dream”. The duo even coordinated movements and outfits—both flowy and ethereal—and walked offstage hand-in-hand.
Also in attendance: our friend and music supervisor Randall Poster and Tig Notaro, who hilariously recounted her middle school failure to befriend the most popular student in music class, involving the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
Two hours later, everyone—Childish Gambino to Jon Brion, Juanes to Van Dyke Parks—joined Beck in encore for “Do We? We Do.” It was an excellent lineup, and one we were sad to see wrap up.
Stay tuned for more with Warby Parker and Beck.